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Modern Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Beginnings

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.Modern Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains Beginnings 14774576666905.jpg

Pure functionality was the original purpose of fountains. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs nearby. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains operated using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Serving as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create mini depictions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains made to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

The end of the nineteenth century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

These days, fountains decorate public areas and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

A Chronicle of Outdoor Water Fountains

Himself a learned man, Pope Nicholas V headed the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 till 1455 and was responsible for the translation of scores of ancient documents from their original Greek into Latin. It was important for him to embellish the city of Rome to make it worthy of being called the capital of the Christian world. At the bidding of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a ruined aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was reconditioned starting in 1453.Chronicle Outdoor Water Fountains 2479072229404673.jpg The ancient Roman custom of marking the entry point of an aqueduct with an magnificent celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. At the behest of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the construction of a wall fountain in the place where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Large Outdoor Fountains As Water Elements

The movement of water streaming in or through a large feature is what defines of a water feature. There is a broad array of such features going from something as simple as a suspended wall fountain or as complex as a courtyard tiered fountain. Known for their adaptability, they can be included either inside or outdoors. Ponds and pools are also considered water features.

Garden wall fountains are worthwhile additions to your living spaces such as yards, yoga studios, cozy patios, apartment balconies, or office complexes. The soothing sounds of flowing water from this kind of feature please the senses of sight and hearing of anyone nearby. Their aesthetically attractive form accentuates the decor of any living space. The sound of water provides serenity, covers up undesirable noises and also produces an entertaining water show.

The Benefits of Solar Powered Fountains

Your garden wall fountain can be run by a variety of power sources.Benefits Solar Powered Fountains 076390034910305.jpg The recent interest in eco-friendly power has led to a rise in the use of solar powered fountains, even though till now they have primarily been powered by electricity. Although solar powered water fountains may be the most economical long-term option, the initial expense is in fact higher. Many different materials such as terra cotta, copper, porcelain, or bronze are ordinarily used in making solar powered water features. Your decor dictates which style best fits you. Such fountains can be easily serviced, and you can feel good about making a real contribution to the environment while also creating a peaceful garden sanctuary.

Indoor wall fountains not only give you something beautiful to look at, they also help to cool your home. An alternative to air conditioners and swamp coolers, they cool off your home by using the same techniques. You can also save on your electric costs because they use less power.

Their cooling effect can be started by fanning crisp, dry air across them. Either your ceiling fan or air from a corner of the room can be used to augment flow. The most important consideration is to ensure that the air is consistently flowing over the surface of the water. It is natural for fountains and waterfalls to produce cool, crisp air. A big community fountain or a water fall will generate a sudden chill in the air. Placing your fountain cooling system in a spot where it will be exposed to additional heat is not practical. If you want an efficient cooling system, it should be placed away from direct sunlight.

The Godfather Of Rome's Garden Water Fountains

In Rome’s city center, there are countless easily recognized fountains. One of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century, almost all of them were planned, conceptualized and built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. He was furthermore a city architect, in addition to his skills as a water feature designer, and remnants of his life's work are apparent throughout the avenues of Rome.Godfather Rome's Garden Water Fountains 057862912369871468.jpg Bernini's father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they ultimately moved in Rome, to thoroughly exhibit their artwork in the form of community water features and water features. An diligent worker, the young Bernini earned praise and the backing of many popes and influential artists. He was originally recognized for his sculpture. He made use of his knowledge and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble, most notably in the Vatican. He was affected by many great artists, however, Michelangelo had the biggest impact on his work.